Distance education is educating you child from home by making use of a curriculum provider, it is one of the options available to home education parents. The benefits of home education are widely recognized by psychologists and education professionals alike. While some may argue that home education is just a lonely alternative to the more traditional schooling system, many have seen the benefits of this alternative due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Distance education has also branched into online schooling, where a learner has the benefit of the structured monitored system in the comfort of their own home.  The most attractive reason for the shift is obvious as many people are trying to find alternatives for everything which will allow them to get more value for their money. Business Tech’s article says that online schooling, gives you more value for your money than your traditional schooling system (https://bit.ly/3SEoVc0).

Many people may argue that although there is a financial advantage to distance education it is outweighed by the social disadvantages, however learners that are home educated are in many cases more confident and have higher self-esteem, because they socialize with people of different ages and are not forced into a specific peer group.  Institutions also hold events for their students to be able to interact with others. The availability of online classes also allows students to meet people and interact with each other.

Distance education has many other benefits as well, ones that you may never even have thought about. Managing a school schedule, while pursuing a career as a professional sportsperson can be difficult and stressful.  This alternative to traditional schooling offers a level of flexibility that traditional schooling does not offer. This allows you to focus on your sport while still getting a much-needed basic education.

Distance education is also the ideal alternative to traditional schooling if you, wish to focus on your child’s specific educational needs. For example children with Asperger syndrome and Autism have very specific educational and personal needs, meaning that often traditional schooling is not the answer. Distance education is the key to allowing someone with an atypical mind to flourish on an educational level, as indicated in the eBook; “Teaching at home: A new approach to Tutoring children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome” written by Olga Holland in 2005.

Distance education encourages responsibility and teaches students the value of planning and self-discipline. With the idea of being able to plan and work around your own schedule in mind, you are allowing students to learn not only schoolwork, but also important life skills that will only benefit them in the future. By removing the “spoon-feeding” aspect of schooling from the life of a child, you are empowering them with important skills such as responsibility for their own actions without enforcing this idea of guilt or “getting into trouble” in front of an entire class. While learning responsibility, students are also learning about self-discipline, a skill that is essential in the work environment today, especially considering the new shift to a hybrid work environment. These skills are not taught in traditional schooling, or at least not taught often. Allowing students to take control of their own education empowers them with these skills and so much more.

These are only but a few reasons why distance education is a respected and ideal, albeit unfamiliar, alternative to traditional schooling. This alternative offers many benefits and allow students great freedom with the need for great responsibility.